Many aspects of your essential oral function are influenced by the healthy function of the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. These complex joints incorporate cartilage structures, muscles and connective tissues that allow you to open your mouth for important things like speaking, chewing and breathing.
Chronic inflammation, persistent tension or physical dysfunction in one or both of these joints can cause significant discomfort while also limiting the natural function of your mouth. TMJ disorder symptoms are often associated with dull ache around the temples and jaw muscles, which might also occur in conjunction with discomfort when clenching your jaw or an uncomfortable clicking or locking up of a joint.
If you have been experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, you need to have the problem professionally diagnosed by a dentist like Dr. Paul Takemoto. After a comprehensive examination he can help you understand your possible treatment options.
Sometimes simple changes in diet and performing daily facial stretches can help minimize temporomandibular joint discomfort. Applying hot or cold packs or consuming a standard daily dose of an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication might also help.
If Dr. Paul Takemoto suspects that chronic night grinding is a contributing factor in your TMJ disorder symptoms he might recommend using a dental guard when you sleep. It is a removable soft plastic mouthpiece that is designed to cushion the biting surfaces of your teeth while also allowing a modest amount of slip during clenching and grinding.
If you live in the Moorpark, California, area and you have been experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, you should call 805-553-1980 to seek further diagnosis at Moorpark Smiles Dental.